The new league year officially starts at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is still unsigned.
According to NFL Media’s Gregg Rosenthal, Smith-Schuster is one of the five best free agents still available, but he is far from the only wide receiver still on the board.
Today at 4 p.m. EST is the start of the new league year— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) March 17, 2021
Here are the top-5 remaining free agents available, according to @greggrosenthal
WR Kenny Golladay
DE Jadeveon Clowney
WR Will Fuller
WR Curtis Samuel
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster
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While plenty of money has reportedly been spent already throughout the legal tampering period, wide receivers have not been one of the positions cashing in.
With the pandemic suppressed salary cap, there appears to be a disconnect between what wide receivers believe they are worth and their actual market value.
Smith-Schuster has expressed a desire to continue his career in Pittsburgh, but also acknowledged his desire to be payed what he believes he has earned.
Due to their tricky financial situation, a reunion between the Steelers and Smith-Schuster has been thought to be unlikely for quite some time.
But it appears other franchises are unwilling to meet Smith-Schuster’s contract demands as well.
Smith-Schuster paced the Steelers with 97 receptions in 2020, while also recording 831 yards and nine touchdowns.
Selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft out of Southern California, Smith-Schuster has 293 receptions, 3,565 yards and 24 touchdowns over his Steeler career.
He was selected to his first and only Pro Bowl in 2018.